Originally delivered on 10/1/2021 7:04 am

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, October 2021

Support our THE FUTURE BEGINS HERE fundraising campaign!

OCTOBER 2021
A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL EGAN
Returning to a New "Normal"
Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear New Canaan High School Families,

It has been a busy and productive first month at NCHS, and October promises to be just as productive. 

October is often equated with change. The seasons change, the leaves change, the days get shorter and cooler.  What hasn’t changed is the positivity, enthusiasm, flexibility, and eagerness our students have shown to get back to a new “normal,” and it’s refreshing. We are thrilled to see students adapting well and actively engaged in the classroom.

So many good things are happening this month. Fall sports are well underway, and it’s been an exciting season so far. Our annual Club Fair will once again be held virtually during the week of October 4th (details to follow soon). The fair showcases the many clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities for our students.  Students should email the student leaders or advisors listed for those clubs in which they have an interest. The organizations will offer information about how students can make a difference to NCHS and the community. 

Financial Aid Night is scheduled virtually on October 14th at 7:00 PM, presented by the School Counselors. Homecoming Spirit Week is scheduled from October 18th through the 22nd, ending with a bonfire on the evening of Friday, October 22nd and the homecoming football game on Saturday, October 23rd. Our NCTV students are excited about the opportunity to film games, interview for stories, and produce amazing broadcasts. The award-winning theatre department will begin rehearsals for the fall play and musical. Our campus has come to life again. Yes, some things look and feel different, yet the excitement and vibrancy of our students are undeniable.

Finally, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to everyone in our school community for all you do to support our students. It has been heart-warming to see everyone’s commitment to student learning. 

As always, I look forward to connecting with you throughout the year!

Wishing you all the best,

Bill Egan

Principal

Read Principal Egan's Weekly Updates
PFA NEWS + EVENTS

To view upcoming PFA events, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter or view the full calendar on the PFA website.

11th Gr Networking: The College Road Trip
Tuesday, Oct 5 | 9:30 AM

Please join us on Zoom to hear Sue Carroll, College and Career Center Coordinator, and Ann Vernon, Guidance Counselor, talk about the various ways to research colleges and plan your upcoming college road trips. Also, they will discuss what is new on the college admission landscape and the college admissions timeline. Q&A will be addressed at the end of the discussion.

EVENT LOCATION: Click HERE for the meeting link. 

New to New Canaan Coffee
Thursday, Oct 7 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Please join us at a gathering for families new to the NCPS district and/or who have recently moved to New Canaan. Meet other new parents and members of the PFA Board. We look forward to seeing you there!

EVENT LOCATION: Waveny House

PFA October General Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 13 | 9:30 AM

New Canaan CARES and NCHS PFA present "Reflecting, Reviving and Revising" with Dr. Michelle Albright. As a new school year begins, parents and teens may want to make up for lost time, while others may be cautious to re-engage. Join Dr. Albright for an interactive discussion that will touch on the importance of maintaining family time and connections, remembering the lessons we've learned over the past year, and setting the pace for fall with tips and strategies to keep your family dynamics on the right path.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

9th Gr Networking: NCHS 101 - Freshman Parent FAQ
Tuesday, Oct 19 | 9:30 AM

Have a list of questions about life at NCHS that you'd love to get answers to? Attend our informative 9th grade networking session!

EVENT LOCATION: TBD

10th Gr Networking: Roadmap to Safe Driving
Thursday, Oct 21 | 7:00 PM

Grab your 10th grader and tune in for an instructive webinar that features an important panel discussion on teen driving. Our experienced panel includes Marie Trant from Lewis School of Driving, Officer George Caponera from the New Canaan Police Department, and Tim Brown from Brown,Thayer and Shedd Insurance Company. We will discuss how to be successful on the driving test, safety on the roads, tips on keeping your insurance rates down, what to do in the event of an accident, and more. 

Please contact 10th Grade Networking Chairs Mary Lydon and Kristin Reed with any questions.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link to follow.

COUNSELING NEWS
SAT and ACT Testing Dates
Fall Testing Dates

10/2     SAT* 

10/16   PSAT* for class of 2023 

10/23   ACT 

11/2     SAT 

12/4     SAT 

12/11   ACT* 

* Denotes NCHS as a testing location 

Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org

Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org

College and Gap Year Fair
Tuesday, Oct 5 | 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Mark Your Calendars!  The 7th Annual SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT COLLEGE & GAP YEAR FAIR is on Tuesday, October 5 from 4 PM - 8 PM at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. 

For more information visit https://www.ctcollegefair.com.

EVENT LOCATION: Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, Bridgeport

Financial Aid Night
Thursday, Oct 14 | 7:00 PM

The School Counselors invite you to join them at Financial Aid Night. All are welcome to attend, especially if your child is a member of the Class of 2022. 

For more information, please contact school counselor Lori Keen.

EVENT LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom. Link will be sent on Oct 14.

Virtual PSAT for Sophomores
Thursday, Oct 14 - Thursday, Oct 21

A virtual PSAT will be offered to sophomores who wish to take it. This online version of the practice test, offered by Summit Educational Group, will give students the opportunity to get a sense of the test and the type of questions to expect when they take it as juniors. 

There will be a testing window from October 14th to the 21st and a link will be provided via email closer to the testing window. Because this is a practice test, results are not shared.

PSAT for Juniors
Saturday, Oct 16 | 8:00 AM

The PSAT will be offered at NCHS on Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 for registered juniors. The test is 2 hours 45 minutes long and will begin at 8:00 AM. Students will check in at 7:30 AM and should remember to bring their masks that they will wear for the duration of the test, sharpened pencils, calculators, and a photo ID. Phones should be left at home or POWERED OFF.

College Visits for Seniors

Seniors may attend college visits and hear first-hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They must register for the visits on Naviance and ask for permission from the faculty to miss class. 

Students who are unable to meet with the reps should stop by the CCC BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school. Attendance is taken at these sessions, which are either in person or via Zoom. 

The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS School Counseling page.

Senior Internship Program

The NCHS Senior Internship Program is looking for organizations and companies to host senior interns the last four weeks of school for Spring 2022.  The seniors intern during the school day approximately 25 hours per week. The internships can be remote, in person, or hybrid. 

Please contact Heather Bianco for more information.

SCHOOL NEWS + NOTICES
Athletics
A Note from Director Egan

The Fall Sports Season is in full swing. It is great to see our students and coaches operating in a near-normal fashion. I suggest you try and attend a game, meet or match this fall. If you can’t make it to cheer on our athletes, you can watch all varsity games on Dunning and in the Main Gym via NCTV on their YouTube Channel or via a stream from our HUDL camera on our own NCHS Athletic Channel. Click HERE for links to game coverage.

Congratulations to our RAMS of the WEEK for the past 2 weeks with outstanding performance:

  • Lily Stevens (Volleyball)
  • Mark DeGaetano (Golf)
  • Zoey Bennett (Field Hockey)
  • Milan Afshar (Boys Soccer)

Winter registration is open on Family ID. Click HERE to register now so we can prepare for the upcoming season and provide you up-to-date information. 

The Turkey Bowl will be held on Thanksgiving Day at Dunning Stadium. Stay tuned for information about getting tickets.

Go Rams,
Jay Egan

PERFORMING ARTS
A Midsummer Night's Dream
October 28, 29, 30 | 7:00 PM

Don’t miss out on NCHS Theatre Department’s hilarious production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Set with a Steampunk twist and with a royal wedding on the horizon, watch as Puck, the mischievous fairy, creates chaos between lovers in the forest with her magic. While the King and Queen of the fairies feud, a group of lowly mechanics rehearse a play to be performed for the Duke, only to have one of the actors end up with the head of a donkey and a night he’ll never forget. 

Tickets and more information can be found on the NCHS Theatre Department website. See you there!

EVENT LOCATION: NCHS Auditorium

BOARD OF EDUCATION
September Meeting Highlights

At the first BOE meeting, New Canaan High School Principal Bill Egan reported that NCHS welcomed 1,290 students back to the building full time this fall. He shared the excitement from the first week of school. Highlights included:

  • NCHS is using a rotating block schedule this year to allow greater depth in each subject, less time in the hallways, and more time for students to engage in learning with their teachers and peers. 
  • Freshman study halls are being offered
  • All studentshave “sleep-ins/leave earlies, however NCHS is requiring permission for Freshmen to sleep in and leave early.
  • NCHS introduced Ram Time, a new block every Tuesday afternoonfor any student needing extra help.

Mr. Egan thanked the PFA for its continued support and involvement in the school. He also thanked the Administrators and the BOE for their support. 

The upcoming BOE meetings are scheduled for October 4 and October 18. Click HERE to access the BOE meeting minutes and videos.

COMMUNITY NEWS
New Canaan Rotary Club LobsterFest
Order your lobster dinner today!
Saturday, Oct 15 | 4:00 PM

New Canaan Rotary Club's 36th Annual LobsterFest will be on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16 from 4pm to 8pm at the Waveny Pool. Click HERE for tickets. Purchase by September 30th for a 10% discount.

Choose from lobster, grilled salmon or fried chicken with your choice of curbside pickup, dine in poolside with reservations, or home delivery for orders of 8 or more. Online orders only, no tickets sold at door. Gift cards available or donate a meal to a first responder!

EVENT LOCATION: Waveny Pool Pavilion

New Canaan CARES
See Something, Say Something: Bystander Intervention for Adults
Tuesday, Oct 5 | 9:30 AM

Offered in partnership with the Town of New Canaan, New Canaan Abuse Prevention Partnership, and Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), this interactive workshop will teach participants how to safely intervene when they see or hear something problematic. Leave with the tools and confidence to say something when you see something.

EVENT LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan

NCHS Service League of Boys (SLOBs)
Calling all NCHS boys!

The NCHS Service League of Boys (SLOBs) is a philanthropic club for sons and parents to initiate and promote educational and charitable endeavors that foster community responsibility and leadership, as well as strengthen the parent-son relationship.

Members currently serve over 30 philanthropic organizations with over 70 different events each school year. SLOBs is the largest service club at NCHS and has served our community with over 32,000 volunteer hours.

To learn more about SLOBs and the valuable services they perform in our community, visit their website. Ready to get started? To become a SLOB member or renew a membership, please fill out this form.

The NCHS SLOBs 2021-2022 Student Board

What Our Community Has to Say About SLOBs

"FITB is truly blessed to have SLOBs as volunteers. Everyone in the office and warehouse looks forward to having them back again and again. The SLOBs work so hard, and always do so with a positive attitude! We are forever grateful for the SLOBs." Eric Shoji - Event Manager, Filling In the Blanks


"It is a pleasure to do projects with the SLOBS. At Lee Garden, we depend on the assistance from the SLOBS to spread wood chips on our trails in early spring.  They come ready to tackle the job, are very organized and easy to work with!"  Faith Kerchoff - New Canaan Beautification League

Filling in the Blanks
Help Fill Holiday Backpacks for Kids!
Donation Deadline: November 1

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends. Filling in the Blanks delivers their Weekend Meal Bags in 80 schools across 10 towns in CT & NY. 

During the holidays FITB provides kids in their program with a new backpack filled with food and gifts. 

How you can help

Purchase an item from Filling in the Blanks’ Amazon Wishlist. At checkout, make sure to select Filling in the Banks as the designated shipping address, and all items will be shipped directly to their warehouse in Norwalk, CT

OR

Donate directly to Filling in the Blanks.

A LOOK AHEAD
Mark Your Calendars!
Tuesday, October 5
9:30a 11th Grade: The College Roadtrip
Thursday, October 7
9:30a New to New Canaan Coffee
Wednesday, October 13
9:30a PFA General Meeting
Thursday, October 14
7:00p Grade 12: Financial Aid Night
Monday, October 18
12:00a Homecoming Spirit Week
Tuesday, October 19
12:00a Homecoming Spirit Week
9:30a 9th Grade: NCHS 101: Freshmen Parent FAQ
Wednesday, October 20
12:00a Homecoming Spirit Week
Thursday, October 21
12:00a Homecoming Spirit Week
7:00p 10th Grade: Teen Driving: Roadmap to Safe Driving
See the Full Calendar
CONNECT WITH US!
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -